Leibniz, Humboldt, and the Origins of Comparativism

Proceedings of the international conference, Rome, 25–28 September 1986

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Both Leibniz and Humboldt are scholars in whose work we find a passionate interest in the history and development of languages combined with a strong theoretical commitment. Linking their names to linguistic comparativism draws attention to the contribution these scholars have made to the history of comparativism and also promotes discussion of the relationship of theory and practice in linguistic research in more general terms. In September 1986, a conference on Leibniz, Humboldt and the Origins of Comparativism' was held in Rome. The papers included in this volume are revised versions of the papers presented at the conference.
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Table of Contents
Foreword
vii
Part I: Leibniz to Humboldt
Le voyage de Schreiten: Leibniz et les débuts du comparatisme finno-ougrien
Daniel Droixhe
3
Leibniz on Particles: Linguistic form and comparatism
Marcelo Dascal †
31
Vulgaris opinio babelica: Sui fondamenti storico-teorici della pluralità delle lingue nel pensiero di Leibniz
Stefano Gensini
61
Leibniz and Wilhelm von Humboldt and the History of Comparative Linguistics
Robert H. Robins
85
Die Säkularisierung des Tertium comparationis: Eine philosophische Erörterung der Ursprünge des vergleichenden Sprachstudiums
Tilman Borsche
103
Descent, Perfection and the Comparative Method since Leibniz
Henry M. Hoenigswald
119
Part II: Humboldt and the Aftermath
Humboldt et Leibniz: Le concept intérieur de la linguistique
Jürgen Trabant
135
The Philosophical and Anthropological Place of Wilhelm von Humboldt's Linguistic Typology: Linguistic comparison as a means to compare the different processes of human thought
Donatella Di Cesare
157
Wilhelm von Humboldt und das Problem der Schrift
Christian Stetter
181
Da Humboldt ai neogrammatici: Continuità e fratture
Paolo Ramat
199
Part III: Comparative Linguistics before and after Humboldt
Representation and the Place of Linguistic Change before Comparative Grammar
Sylvian Auroux
213
The Place of Friedrich Schlegel in the Development of Historical-Comparative Linguistics
E.F.K. Koerner
239
Lautform, innere Sprachform, Form der Sprachen: Il problema della comparazione e classificazione delle lingue in Heymann Steinthal
Mario Barba
263
Comparatismo e grammatica comparata: Tipologia linguistica e forma grammaticale
Pierre Swiggers
281
Afterword
Tullio † De Mauro
301
Index Nominum
311
Index Rerum
319
Index Linguarum
327
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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